Are homeowners happier than renters?
Not according to a new paper by a real-estate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. “The average homeowner, however, consistently derives more pain (but no more joy) from their house and home,” writes Grace Wong Bucchianeri, an assistant professor at Wharton.
The report says that homeowners spend, on average, less time on leisure than those who don’t own homes. And the average homeowner is around 12 pounds heavier that those who rent.
The basis for the research comes from a survey of women in Franklin County, Ohio, which includes Columbus, the state capitol and Ohio’s largest city. And, interestingly, the research took place in 2005–so the recent drop-off in home prices wasn’t an issue.
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